Category: Flowers: Wild and Otherwise

El Malpais on the Cusp

Fall Blooms at El Malpais

And just like that, summer became fall last week. That I saw this blast of color at El Malpais is, well, surprising — most of the landscapes I’ve seen there are either bland or downright scary; almost never colorful.

Sandia Meadow with Wildflowers

Meadow filled with sunflowers and coneflowers

Sunflowers and coneflowers fill a meadow in the Sandia mountains.

East Fork Coneflowers

Coneflowers along the East Fork of the Jemez

Coneflowers along the East Fork of the Jemez. There were gazillions of wildflowers there a few weeks ago.

Rock Garden, 2021 Edition

Rock garden with coral bells and lichens

Wild coral bells growing from granite with lichens, high in the Sandias.

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

I was walking along yesterday, high in the Sandias, when I came to a spot where I’d once seen a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell. I was just thinking that I’d love to see another when one landed on the wildflowers right in front of me! I think it’s a beautiful butterfly.

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